Delhi High Court asks Jamia Millia Islamia for response on challenge to removal of Prof. Eqbal Hussain as VC

Delhi High Court

Delhi High Court

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday issued notices to the Jamia Millia Islamia, University Grant Commission (UGC) and several others on a plea filed by Professor Eqbal Hussain against a single judge order quashing his appointment as Acting Vice Chancellor of the University. (Professor Eqbal Hussain to Jamia Millia Islamia University & Ors).

However, a division bench of judges Vibhu Bakhru And Tara Vitasta Ganju rejected the request of Hussain’s counsel to issue interim directions regarding the decisions taken by the new Vice Chancellor.

‘We are not going to infringe on the entire operation of someone who is already in office’ the Bank noted.

The Court said it will issue a notice in the case and hear the matter in August.

Justice with one judge Tushar Rao Gedela had ruled on May 22 that the appointment of Professor Hussain as pro-vice chancellor and then acting vice chancellor was against the law.

“Since respondent No. 2 has not been appointed in terms of the statutes, his continuation in the office of Vice-Chancellor as officiating Vice-Chancellor cannot be further permitted,” the Court ruled.

The single judge also asked the university visitor to use his powers under the Jamia Millia Islamia Act to “immediately appoint an eligible person in an official capacity” as vice-chancellor.

“The appointment of the VC (functioning)/administrator (temporary) will be made within a period of 1 week from the date of receipt of this decision. The commencement of appointment to the post of Vice-Chancellor on a regular basis shall commence not later than two weeks after the appointment of Vice-Chancellor (functioning)/Administrator (temporary) and shall be completed within 30 days thereafter.” the Court had prescribed.

The single judge had passed the order while hearing two petitions seeking a declaration that the appointment of Prof. Hussain was in blatant violation and total non-compliance of the Jamia Millia Islamia Act.

Judge Gedela had ruled that Hussain’s appointment was wrong.

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